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10:53 Mar 27, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Linguistics / freudian psychoanalysis
French term or phrase: syllabe décolorée
This expression crops up in Freud's Wit in relation to the unconscious, translated into French in my article, shortly before the Schleiermacher pun on homonymy / Eifersucht = Eifer sucht. Colourless syllable? Unaccented? unstressed? unvoiced?

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3weakened syllable
Odette Grille
Conor McAuley

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weakened syllable


Odette Grille
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Asker: The published translation, which I eventually found through another route, has "watered-down syllable".

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I don't really understand the question, to be honest, but perhaps this fits.

A schwa is a neutral vowel sound (see below), like the second vowel sound in "better".


"An ***unstressed and toneless neutral vowel sound*** in any language, often but not necessarily a mid-central vowel. Such vowels are often transcribed with the symbol <ə>, regardless of their actual phonetic value.

The mid-central vowel sound (rounded or unrounded) in the middle of the vowel chart, stressed or unstressed. In IPA phonetic transcription, it is written as <ə>. In this case the term mid-central vowel may be used instead of schwa to avoid ambiguity."

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-03-27 15:16:16 GMT)

I think I'm completely off the mark, but I won't hide the answer just for the moment.

Conor McAuley
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